B – Signs, symptoms and causes of plagiarism

Shashok K. Authors, editors, and the signs, symptoms and causes of plagiarism. Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia 2011;5(3):303-307
(doi: 10.4103/1658-354X.84107)

This article discusses how plagiarism is defined and suggests some possible causes for its increase in scientific literature. Nowadays there is some awareness that re-use of words in research articles by no English-mother tongue authors should be distinguished from intentional stealing other authors’ ideas. Editors tend to consider any text duplication as a symptom of serious misconduct without considering the reasons why researchers do that. Practical advice is given to researchers on how to improve their writing and citing skills and thus avoid accusations of plagiarism.